In an effort to encourage inclusiveness, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to replace gender-suggestive language with gender-neutral terms in the city's municipal code.
No longer will & # 39; he & # 39; and & # 39; they & # 39; are used by local government employees, but male and female employees are instead collectively designated by the third person as & # 39; they & # 39; and & # 39; they & # 39 ;, as a result of the statement.
The legislation, which was unanimously adopted by council members at first reading, will also see the city's thousands of manhole covers turn into & # 39; maintenance holes & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Artisans & # 39; will also no longer be an accepted term whereby the city will instruct its workers to use the word & # 39; artisans & # 39; to use.
In an effort to encourage inclusiveness, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to replace gender-suggestive language with gender-neutral terms in the city's municipal code (photo: Berkley City Council)
The legislation, which was unanimously adopted by councilors at first reading, will also transform the city's thousands of manhole covers into & # 39; maintenance holes & # 39 ;.
To justify the vernacular revision, a motion memo states: "In recent years, widening the social awareness of transgender and gender-non-conforming identities has highlighted the importance of non-binary gender inclusion.
& # 39; Therefore, it is both topical and necessary to make the town hall environment and the language of the city legislation consistent with the principles of integration. & # 39;
Berkeley has a long history of leading political and social-liberal issues and the Tuesday motion became one of the first of its kind to be adopted in the US.
As a result, more than two dozen commonly-used terms in the city code change when the measure is fully implemented.
Such changes include the term & # 39; manpower & # 39; that is shunned by & # 39; human effort & # 39; or & # 39; staff & # 39; while & # 39; man-made & # 39; is replaced by & # 39; man-made, & # 39; artificial & # 39;, & # 39; manufactured & # 39;, & # 39; machined & # 39 ;, or & # 39; synthetic & # 39 ;.
In total, more than two dozen commonly used terms in the city code will be changed as a result of the measure – including & # 39; artisans & # 39; and & # 39; manpower & # 39;
The sponsor of the regulation is Councilor Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He says that his time at the university expanded his awareness of gender issues.
& # 39; Gender neutral language creates a lot of room to recognize that it is not only men who run the country, & # 39; Robson said about his sponsored movement.
He originally submitted a request to the city manager in March for a plan to adapt the Berkley code to reflect gender-neutral language and to add more space to city forms with preferred pronymnonyms.
The vote of the council confirmed changes to the municipal code, although a decision has yet to be made on updating forms.
In total, the costs incurred by the city as a result of the name change are expected to cost around $ 600.
The sponsor of the regulation is Councilor Rigel Robinson, a 23-year-old recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He says that his time at the university expanded his awareness of gender issues
The changes are subject to a second vote before they are written into the law, which will take place on July 23, but with unanimous vote on the first round of voting, there is little tension about the fate of the measure.
Council members in King County, Washington, followed a similar policy last year, a movement that was absorbed with a mixture of indifference and indignation.
& # 39; I have to say as a female engineer in Seattle, I really don't give anything like what you call a utility access point, & # 39; a woman wrote on Twitter at the time.
Berkley & # 39; s measure critics have expressed contempt for Robson and others emphasize that their time can be better spent on what they & # 39; more important & # 39; or find urgent topics.
But Robson was quick to pinpoint other items on Tuesday's agenda, such as the motion that passed that made Berkley the first in the country to ban natural gas infrastructure in new buildings.
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